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Onetime Anchor James Keith Returns to KABB as Assistant News Director

James Keith, who left the KABB anchor desk following last year’s May sweeps, is back with the San Antonio Fox-affiliate as assistant news director.

Keith regularly co-anchored KABB’s 9 p.m. newscast but decided to leave for a job with more conventional hours, accepting a PR position with a local school district. After the sudden death of KABB news director Greg Koelfgen earlier this year, though, Keith began to reassess his career path, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

“Being able to go back as a news manager is a dream come true,” Keith told the Express-News‘ Jeanne Jakle. “I’m excited about being back in a newsroom and being in a position where I can help guide reporters.”

Keith is assuming the post vacated by Keith McMahan, who succeeded Koelfgen as news director.

Although he may be asked to fill in at the anchor desk on occasion, Keith said that he’s looking forward to life behind the camera. “Honestly,” he said, “it’s been nice being able to grow facial hair when I want!”

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Keith McMahan Succeeds the Late Greg Koelfgen as KABB News Director

Keith McMahan has been promoted to news director of San Antonio’s KABB.

McMahan has spent his entire broadcast career in San Antonio, starting out as a sports producer for ABC-affiliate KSAT before moving on to KMOL (now WOAI, an NBC-affiliate) where he worked as executive sports producer. After a brief time working in PR, McMahan joined KABB as assistant news director, working under the late Greg Koelfgen.

Koelfgen passed away in January at the age of 53.

“Greg was the consummate pro, and his untimely death was a personal blow to all of us.  I look back [and] I still don’t know how we as a newsroom made it through this time,”  McMahan told TVSpy via email. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to build on Greg’s legacy here.”

KABB Remembers News Director Greg Koelfgen

San Antonio’s KABB remembered news director Greg Koelfgen with a special segment during its 10 p.m. newscast on Tuesday.  Koelfgen, 53, died unexpectedly on Monday night.

Sports director Chuck Miketinac said the following at the end of the newscast:

Our news director Greg Koelfgen died unexpectedly last night.  Again, our condolences to his wife Donna, and his two daughters, Quinn and Haley.

We lost a boss but more importantly, we lost our buddy, too. Many of you didn’t know Greg, but maybe you know somebody like him. You know, a guy that grows up in a broken home yet somehow, later in life, serves as a role model for how a husband and father are supposed to conduct themselves. A guy with all kinds of authority, yet no job is too big or too small. Read more

KABB News Director Greg Koelfgen Passes Away at 53

KABB news director Greg Koelfgen passed away at his home in New Braunfels, TX on Monday.  The cause of death is currently unknown. He was 53.

“Greg was a consummate journalist.  He was not just a news director, he was a mentor,” John Seabers, general manager of the San Antonio Fox-affiliate, told TVSpy. “There’s just such a void at the station right now.”

“We are all devastated,” KABB reporter Yami Virgin said today via email. “He is the best boss any of us have had.”

Koelfgen started at KABB in 1995, first working as an executive producer before moving on to become news director. During his time at the Fox-affiliate, Koelfgen helped launch “Fox News First,” the station’s morning newscast, and oversaw the growth of its nightly news audience.

“Greg Koelfgen was an amazing news director,” KABB sports director Chuck Miketinac told TVSpy in an email, “but what was most incredible about the man was that he was an even better human being.” Read more